Children and teachers alike at Barkston Ash Roman Catholic Primary School are delighted to announce a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.
After visiting the school and speaking to staff, pupils, parents, and governors, as well as examining performance data and observing lessons, the inspectors responded positively to the programme of change that has taken place since the appointment of headteacher Christopher Power.
According to the report: “Outstanding leadership from the new headteacher and governing body have been instrumental in the rapid improvements to the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement in the last two years.”
Mr Power said: “We are striving continuously to give the best education to all our children.
“It was pleasing to note that areas for improvement outlined by Ofsted had already been identified through our own improvement plan and action is already in progress to address them.
“It was a very robust, thorough, and challenging inspection, but we all feel the report is a fair reflection of our school.”
While all areas were judged as good, pupil safety was assessed to be outstanding.
The report said: “Pupils say they feel safe and happy in the school - something parents fully agree with.”
The inspectors were also convinced the school had the capacity to improve further, and that if current levels of performance were maintained the school should be rated as outstanding in the future.
Chair of the school’s board of governors Eden Noblett said: “This is a resounding endorsement of the quality of Barkston Ash School.
“This was a rigorous inspection which was demanding for all involved. I would like to thank Mr Power and all the staff for what has been and continues to be an amazing effort.”